Ichihashi had planned to pursue an academic career in Japan. But his mentor,
David Starr Jordan, and others at Stanford encouraged him to return and teach
subjects related to Japanese studies. Jordan was keenly interested in
developing ties between Stanford and Asia and he believed Ichihashi could help
develop the relationship. Jordan had high regard for the young academic: He
once wrote a Japanese industrialist that Ichihashi was one of the best
students with whom I have ever come in contact.
Ichihashis first blue-book diary,
Santa Anita I.D. tag
Ichihashi assumed a post at Stanford reluctantly, however. He was not trained
as an Asianist and, equally important, was sensitive about the anti-Japanese
sentiment in the country. But he decided to give Stanford a try and began
teaching in 1913.
One of the important influences on Ichihashis decision to stay was Payson
Treat, Stanfords first Ph.D. in history. Treat was one of the first
specialists in Asian studies. He and Ichihashi developed a close friendship and
helped make Stanford a principal center of teaching and research in Asian
In the 1920s and 1930s, Ichihashi regularly wrote and spoke on Japanese history
and diplomacy. In 1928 he published The Washington Conference and
After, a history of the 1922 naval armaments conference. Ichihashi
had attended the meeting as the personal aide to the chief Japanese delegate.
David Starr Jordan presented a copy of Ichihashis book to the Emperor
one of his frequent trips to Japan.